How To Help A Partner With Hearing Loss

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Noel Cullen

Noel Cullen

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Noel Cullen has been the Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist in Abbey Street for 21 years. During this time Noel has cared for and successfully helped thousands of people with mild, moderate and profound hearing problems. Noel also has experience helping those with tinnitus, vertigo and others with medical related hearing loss.As a fully qualified fellowship member of both the British and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally.

His knowledge in communication disorders has helped a wide range of patients, including both adults and children with hearing loss. He provides screenings, hearing tests, aural rehabilitation and has an extensive knowledge of both conventional and digital hearing instruments.

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Many people do not realise immediately when they begin to lose their hearing, and being alerted to hearing loss by concerned friends or family members is very common. It is often a very difficult subject to raise, however, as there is still a stigma attached to hearing loss and hearing aids.

Here at Hidden Hearing, we know it can be quite upsetting to find out that you have a hearing loss, but we also make it a priority to help our customers through the process from hearing test to hearing solution. Meeting an experienced audiologist can be reassuring, and our friendly staff will be delighted to show you how discreet digital hearing aids can be.

What To Do If You Think Your Partner Has Hearing Loss:

If you have noticed that your partner is having trouble hearing, or is finding it difficult to follow conversations, or if he or she is turning the television or radio to a louder volume than before, you can approach the situation gently and offer your support:

1. Talk about it. It can be hard to talk about hearing loss if you are worried that you will offend or upset your partner, but taking a supportive approach can reduce this risk. Calmly explain that you have noticed them having difficulties with certain tasks or that conversations are becoming more difficult, and explain that your concern is intended to help them to address the problem.

2. Don’t delay. Many people delay seeking help for hearing loss because they are worried about wearing hearing aids, but this can lead to further deterioration of the hearing as well as increasing the risk of developing linked conditions such as dementia and depression. Be open with your partner about your concerns, and explain that you are worried that his or her health will suffer if the problem is not addressed quickly.

3. Offer to accompany him or her. We always advise our customers to bring a family member or friend along to a hearing test to offer support and to help process all of the information provided. By offering to accompany your partner to his or her appointment, you will show that you are prepared to support him or her in getting the necessary help.

4. Help make the adjustment to hearing aids. Wearing hearing aids can take some getting used to, and this is another area in which you can help. With your partner’s permission, speak up for him or her when you are in social situations or making travel arrangements, and help him or her to work out the best ways to make the most of hearing aids in different environments.

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Noel Cullen

About Noel Cullen

Noel Cullen has been the Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist in Abbey Street for 21 years. During this time Noel has cared for and successfully helped thousands of people with mild, moderate and profound hearing problems. Noel also has experience helping those with tinnitus, vertigo and others with medical related hearing loss. As a fully qualified fellowship member of both the British and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally. His knowledge in communication disorders has helped a wide range of patients, including both adults and children with hearing loss. He provides screenings, hearing tests, aural rehabilitation and has an extensive knowledge of both conventional and digital hearing instruments. Find Out More About Noel

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